Feeds

Office phones filthier than toilet seat

And as for your PC...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Filthy phones and germ-infested keyboards mean that anyone eating their lunch while at their desk could be biting off more than they can chew. In fact, a recent report by the University of Arizona found that the typical office desk harbours around 400-times more disease-causing bacteria than a toilet seat.

The muckiest spots were shown to be the telephone and desktop, followed by the keyboard and computer mouse. But the highest levels of bacteria were found on the fax machines - three times more than on a toilet door.

Intrigued by the findings, Manchester recruitment agency, Connections, quizzed 500 office workers to find how clean people are at work. Its survey found that people simply don't look after their workspace enough, with just one in three cleaning their desks, keyboards and phones once every three months.

Said Neal Etchells, a consultant with Professional Health and Safety Consultants: "One of the reasons for the decline in workplace hygiene is that many offices have cut down on professional cleaning, relying instead on employees to clean their own work areas - and it's simply not happening.

"With more workers eating lunch at their desks, it amounts to an alarming health hazard. Food left decaying on desks attracts cockroaches and other vermin, which can find their way into air conditioning systems and bring about viral diseases." Which is nice. ®

Related stories

Chinese sales staff sent to beg in streets
SMEs sniff at smelly techies
"OK I smell a bit" but leave us BoFHs alone!

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.